Making Connections


After gathering more information today and merging a bunch of duplicate IDs I have managed to connect the nine people on the three “family resemblance” stones to folk on the FamilySearch Shared Tree. The connections between the representatives of Foster, Harland and Spink stretched my pitiful graphic talents beyond breaking point but I’m offering a couple of illustrations anyway, in the hope of clarifying their situations.

First, the nine with their “stone names” and dates of arrival and departure.


Now the nine with the names they were born with, and lines indicating their relationship links across the three stones.


I have found only three children born to William FOSTER and Jane HARLAND – and there is one of them on each stone, though I perhaps haven’t made that clear in a linear fashion. The couple may have had more children because there is a gap of 13 years or so between the births of Jane and Editha Sarah Ann.

Editha waited until she was 49 years old before marrying widower Thomas Jennings KNAPTON. She was a married woman for seven years and a widow for 7 more. Two potential stepdaughters had died before she met Thomas, but a stepson, John Barry Knapton, may just have made it to his 80th birthday in 1939. He was named after his maternal grandfather, John Barry SMITH, of Osgodby Hall. Not the Osgodby near Scarborough but the one “near Thirsk”.

The three Foster children who rest eternally side by side probably lived together in their old age. In 1881 Editha was with her husband in Alma Square, Scarborough. Thomas died the following year and Editha ended her days in Filey. In 1881 William, who never married, was with widowed sister Jane in Clarence Terrace, Filey. It seems likely that Editha would have been invited to live with them. The houses are big enough.

Clarence Terrace (now West Avenue) this morning.

Find Editha Sarah Ann on FamilySearch Tree. She may have been Thomas’ third wife. I have just noticed a duplicate record for him showing four other children by another wife named Sarah, but I can’t deal with the merge right now because the GRO Index is down for maintenance.


The first-named on the trio of stones (yesterday’s post) were seemingly rooted in different places.


This William, born in Gristhorpe, farmed Muston Grange for most of his life. His unmarried son, also William, continued to work this land after his father’s death. I have yet to determine who the parents of William Senior were. At the time Junior was at Muston Grange, so too was William Stilborn Foster, one of the farmer sons of Glaves. The two are not related by blood in my Filey Genealogy database, as presently constituted, so I’m wondering how the Grange came to be divided.


In most sources, she is “Edith” and was born in Kirby Misperton. In the 1841 census she is recorded as “Elizabeth” at Allinston Lane End, Barmston where, at the age of 84, her husband William was farming with the help of three male labourers and a female farm servant. Edith(a) died in Barmston in the first month of 1842, and William in the last, in Filey.



A Family Resemblance?


Even though their placement is out of step with St Oswald’s east windows, I have always liked these stones. Fondness at first sight.

Foster, Harland and Spink don’t shout “kinship” but surely all those who lie beneath are related somehow. Three people are named on each stone and they are not all connected yet on the FamilySearch Shared Tree. I’ll attempt to link them up tomorrow. (If you are British, or more particularly Northern Irish, you may immediately associate Harland with Wolff. Start here…)

A Sherburn Man


William is remembered on the memorials in St Oswald’s (above) and Murray Street, though he was not a Filonian. His father Richard, a wheelwright and joiner, was from Langtoft; he married Esther VASEY in Allerston in 1873. After the arrival of two sons in Heslerton, the couple moved to Sherburn and were enumerated at an address in St Helen Street from 1881 to 1911.

William worked as a joiner and in 1901, age 20, he was a Visitor at Thomas Breckon’s butcher shop, 9 Union Street, Filey, with a motley crew of boarders that included a builder and bricklayer in addition to an apprentice butcher. Ten years later he was living in the town with his wife and their first child, Richard –  but he’d traveled a distance to find Daisy Ella, a Shropshire lass he married in Wolverhampton.

He was 33 years old when the First War began and, married with two children, I can’t imagine he rushed to volunteer. It seems more likely he would have been conscripted in, or after, 1916.

I haven’t been able to determine his whereabouts when he was killed. He joined one of the 24 Tank battalions that fought on the Western Front and in October 1918 he was with the 5th, probably taking part in the Battles of the Hindenburg Line. He may have died in the Battle of Courtrai (14-19 October) or on the first day of the Battle of the Selle (17-26 October).  He is buried at Tincourt New British Cemetery and remembered on Daisy Ella’s granite headstone in St Oswald’s churchyard.


In loving memory of DAISY ELLA HARLAND, died October 3rd 1953 and of her husband WILLIAM HARLAND, killed in action October 17th 1918.

William is on the FamilySearch Tree.